One Last Breath Mass Market Paperback – Sep 25 2007
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This enticing debut novel from journalist Griffin follows Feenie Malone, a young part-time reporter at a south Texas town newspaper, struggling to make ends meet after her divorce. Hoping to get some respect in the newsroom, ambitious, independent Feenie begins pursuing a hot story involving her ex-husband and a felon, Rico Martinez, who appear to be in business together. Hunky, headstrong P.I. Marco Juarez offers to help Feenie investigate the criminal, but Juarez has his own agenda—namely, finding out who killed his sister, a cop, two years earlier. Though the strong leads' no-nonsense dialogue can wear early on, imminent danger and mutual attraction soften them nicely, giving this able suspense thriller a satisfyingly steamy core; Griffin's fully fleshed characters, dry humor and tight plotting make a fun read and a promising career kickoff. (Oct.)
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"Laura Griffin hits all the right notes with One Last Breath -- compelling characters, unexpected twists and a gripping story from the first gasp to the last sigh. Romantic suspense fans should really enjoy this one." -- Roxanne St. Claire, author of Take Me TonightSee all Product Description
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Griffin's debut romantic suspense is laced with some pretty comical moments. The pairing of Marco and Feenie is at times hilarious; the two work together making Nick and Nora look like professionals. I would have liked for the character of Josh to be a little more developed, he is pretty one-dimensional in the story. But overall, it was a well written, funny and engaging romantic suspense.
Marco Juarez is one of the best male leading characters in recent memory. He's definitely a hunk!
The account of his first meeting with Feenie is laugh out loud funny and sets the tone for the rest of the book.
Marco's search for his sister's murderer leads him to Josh Garland who happens to be Feenie's ex-husband. And he is a very despicable character with unsavory friends.
Of the secondary characters, I particularly enjoyed Mrs. Hanak - Feenie's elderly neighbor who weighs less than 100 pounds, has cataracks and a pearl handled gun in her pocket!
It's a great story with a sequel coming in May, 2008 involving Feenie's friend Celie. There's a peek at the first chapter at the end of this book and its a grabber!
Marco Juarez is a man on a mission and Feenie is the woman with the information he needs. He's given up everything to pursue Feenie's ex-husband, but how far is he willing to use her to get his revenge?
The characters in the book feel real and there are many minor characters that bring the small Texas town to life. Feenie is smart and resourceful, but definitely out of her comfort zone. Marco Juarez is a sexy, secretive hero, haunted by an unresolved past. His loyalty and love for his family and his fierce protection of Feenie will send alternating waves of warmth and heat through every female reader.
Laura Griffin has written a complex, romantic suspense that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. The plot is well-developed with subtle red herrings and a large cast of characters that fit together in a smart, well-written suspense thriller.
her life after a nasty divorce. A quirk of fate has thrown a
career-building story in her lap. Only problem is it involves her
ex-husband. A problem she is okay with.
After his sister's disappearance, Marco Juarez, a former cop, has paid
the rent by being a private investigator. His main goal is to find out
what happened to his sister. The main suspect is Feenie Malone'
ex-husband. Marco will do whatever it takes to get his answers. Even
work with Feenie.
A suspenseful, appealing novel, One Last Breath kept me reading from
beginning to end. I especially enjoyed the character of Feenie. She
did not spend her life whining about her problems, she dealt with
them. From finding out her husband was cheating on her to being broke,
she took control of her own life. Marco was also well-written, tough
yet human. Ms. Griffin keeps her readers' attention. One Last Breath
is an excellent book.
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Feenie Malone is a struggling journalist who is trying to make it on her own after a nasty divorce from her rich cheating husband, Josh. He got everything except the house that she adored. The initial introduction of Feenie is comedic in that she just found out her husband was cheating on her and she is shooting up all his trophies. A cop named Marco Juarez responds to the incident. Fast forward two years, these two meet up again in an investigation involving her ex husband, Josh. Josh is rich and well connected but he is up to something dangerous involving drug lords, child trafficking, money laundering,etc. Marco is now an ex cop/PI who believes that Josh is connected to the disappearance of his sister, Paloma, who was a police officer, and disappeared two years earlier along with her partner. Feenie is a struggling journalist looking for her big break and a full time position at the Gazette as well as trying to get revenge of her ex. Marco uses her connection to Josh to get answers and insight into the man that she had been married to for 5 years.
Feenie is no shrinking violet and knows how to take care of herself except when somebody is trying to scare her off or kill her before she finds out the truth. Marco Juarez is watching her back and trying to keep her out of trouble and from being killed. Too bad she is too curious for her own good. Sometimes Marco wonders why he even cares what happens to her. He takes her to the gym and the firing range so she can protect herself. She already knows her way around a gun thanks to her father who is a card carrying a member of the NRA.
Marco is your typical alpha male who is dead set on revenge for his family especially the daughter his sister left behind. During the investigation, he finds another cause to get involved in: falling in love with Feenie and keeping her safe.
Will Marco find the answers he is looking and get the revenge he seeks? Will Feenie find out the truth and get the story that could make her career? Will Feenie and Marco survive to have a future together? You will have to read this exciting debut novel to find the answers. Can't wait for her follow up novel involving Feenie's best friend Cecelia.